In the book “On Second Thought” by Kristan Higgins, you’ll meet two sisters who don’t hate each other but aren’t close either. This book hits close to home with me as my sister and I are a lot like Kate & Ainsley. (In the sense that we aren’t close & 1/2 sisters. Kristan’s writing is AMAZING & I look forward to reading more from her.
Ainsley O’Leary is so ready to get married—she’s even found the engagement ring her boyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn’t anticipate is being blindsided by a breakup he chronicles in a blog…which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsley turns to her older half-sister, Kate, who’s struggling with a sudden loss of her own.
Kate’s always been the poised, self-assured sister, but becoming a newlywed—and a widow—in the space of four months overwhelms her. Though the sisters were never close, she starts to confide in Ainsley, especially when she learns her late husband was keeping a secret from her.
Despite the murky blended-family dynamic that’s always separated them, Ainsley’s and Kate’s heartaches bind their summer together when they come to terms with the inevitable imperfection of relationships and family—and the possibility of one day finding love again.
On Second Thought is told in two POV, Kate & Ainsley. Kate is trying to grieve her newly deceased husband. I say trying because the ink on their marriage certificate was not even dry, alas in the early stage of their relationship. I felt for Kate as she seems to be very lost but through the book she seems to find who she was really meant to be. Along the way she goes to grief counseling, becomes closer with her sister and runs into old friends. (One of which is HOT)
Ainsley O’Leary is the sister who was brought into the world from her father’s infidelity. As it happens, Ainsley’s mother dies leaving her father to rekindle with Kate’s mother again. Whew, talk about love triangles. Through life Ains felt the burden of being the 1/2 sister, how could she now when her step mother keeps writing book about how to deal with the step kid!?! On top of that, her boyfriend breaks up with her on his cancer journey blog, that Ains begged her boss to let him write. How awful is that, or not? Leaving her single brings some other chemistry into her life, a little work romance at that. But how will that go?!
As always, I’m leaving out some of the best parts of the book. I can’t spoil this one! This book is truly amazing and left me crying tears of joy at the end.
Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this lovely book.
Thanks LBP for my copy.
xo & Happy Reading!